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David Harbin

Harbin Law Office

Throughout his nearly 20-year career, David C. Harbin has focused his case load on defending individuals including specializing in criminal law, serious traffic offenses, DUI/DWI and juvenile cases.

Earning his Juris Doctor from Duquesne University in Pennsylvania, Harbin served for four years as an assistant public defender in Frederick and Washington counties. He opened Harbin Law Office in 2009, which has locations in Frederick and Hagerstown.

Harbin has held a number of positions with the Washington County Bar Association including president, vice president and on the board of directors. He has also served on the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association board of directors. This year, Harbin was appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan to sit on the Board of Trustees of the Office of Public Defender.

What’s the most important thing you do in your job?

The most important thing I do is give my clients a second chance. Whether one is a defense attorney, a prosecutor, or a judge, we can all have the opportunity to be a positive influence on defendants in the criminal justice system. My day may be as simple as helping a client get into drug and alcohol treatment. Other days, I am arguing that my client’s constitutional rights were violated or convincing a jury that my client is not guilty. Everyday provides a new chance to help someone.

What is one aspect of your profession you would like to change?

Although I have seen great progress since I became a member of the bar, I still see both a racial and a gender bias in our profession as well as our court system. We need to continue to strive for equality.